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Several famous actors, musicians, and comedians have lived in Chicago, Illinois. Many celebrities were born in Chicago and others relocated to the Windy City to start their career in comedy and theater. One of the most powerful people in the world even has a home in Chicago. This list of celebrities who live in Chicago and famous Chicagoans has been loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

Who is the most famous person who lives in Chicago? Kanye West tops our list. While he currently spends most of his time in Los Angeles, Kanye West was born and raised in Chicago. His 2007 track "Homecoming" is an ode to the Windy City. "The Hills" star Kristin Cavallari and her husband Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler rent a beautiful home in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka.

Before he moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C., Barack Obama lived in Chicago. He still has a home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. Vince Vaughn grew up in the Chicago suburbs and he still owns a town home in the Windy City. Jennifer Hudson was born and raised in Chicago. She currently owns a mansion in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge.

Are you surprised that there are so many celebs from Chicago or to learn about these famous people living in Chicago? If you're ever in Chi-city, you might pass by celebrity homes, so brush up on which singers and athletes live there. Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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While he currently spends most of his time in Los Angeles, Kanye West was born and raised in Chicago. His 2007 track "Homecoming" is an ode to the Windy City.

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more

Credits: The Great Gatsby, Mission: Impossible III, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Oprah Winfrey lived in Chicago from 1983 until her talk show ended in 2011.

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Before he moved to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington D.C., Barack Obama lived in Chicago. He still has a home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Author, Law professor, Writer Lawyer

Credits: By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, 60 Minutes, Mistaken for Strangers, Senator Obama Goes to Africa

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Jenny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Jenny McCarthy was born and raised in the Chicago area. Although she is currently hosting "The View" in New York, McCarthy still rents a home in Geneva, Illinois.

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Age: 43

Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Model, Author Actor, + more

Credits: The View^! Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy^! Playboy: Jenny McCarthy^! the Playboy Years Scary Movie 3

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Tina Fey lived in Chicago during the late-90s when she was performing with Second City.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Good Will Hunting actor Robin Williams was born in Chicago.

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Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian

Credits: Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Jumanji, Aladdin

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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Star Wars actor Harrison Ford was born and raised in Chicago. He says of his hometown, "I love Chicago. I love the energy of the place, the architecture, the people, the rigor of the place. Bitter cold in the winter, fierce winds, hot summers. During college I’d come back for summer jobs. I worked on a boat in Burnham Park Harbor, in a nightclub on the near north side. I was a manager at the first Crate & Barrel on Wells Street. I am always happy to go back to Chicago."

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Age: 74

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Profession: Pilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

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Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 75+ Celebrities Who Live in Chicago
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"The Office" actor Steve Carell lived in Chicago when he studied and performed at Second City in the early 1990s.

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Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Concord

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Office^! The 40-Year-Old Virgin^! Despicable Me^! Crazy^! Stupid^! Love.

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